Forensic Psychiatry Expert Witness
Dr. Berger specializes in the areas of competence to proceed at any stage, criminal responsibility, severe mental illness, medical malpractice, and employment issues such as Workers’ Compensation, Fitness for Duty, Disability, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Americans with Disability Act (ADA).
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Berger is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1972). He has been licensed as a physician in Nevada since 2004, in California since 1999, and in 6 other states. He is board certified in General Psychiatry (1978) and Forensic Psychiatry (1985, 1998, 2005, 2013, 2019). He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (1975) and has been a Distinguished Life Fellow since 2009. He is a member of the American Medical Association (1974) and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (1985). He served as the Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Michigan Psychiatric Society (1989-1994) and the Indiana Psychiatric Society (2001-2017).
Dr. Berger has delivered educational presentations to many professional and lay groups, from employers, bar associations, and judges’ educational meetings to national professional audiences. In 2013, he was awarded the John B. Scofield Volunteer Faculty of the Year Award at the Indiana University School of Medicine for his role in the education of psychiatry residents.
Dr. Berger has been in private practice, both inpatient and outpatient, since 1975, with part time positions in correctional, community mental health, and substance abuse programs. He has been active in forensic psychiatry since 1980. He has testified in court about 100 times and in depositions about 500 times. His special interests are competence to proceed at any stage, criminal responsibility, severe mental illness, medical malpractice, and employment issues such as Workers’ Compensation, Fitness for Duty, Disability, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) cases. He has been qualified as an expert in the field of psychiatry in courts in Nevada, Indiana, Michigan, and in Federal jurisdictions.
Dr. Berger relocated from Indiana to Nevada in 2018 and became an independent contractor with fpamed in 2019.
Available upon request.
Nevada: License # 10859, March 13, 2004, expires June 30, 2021. CSR # CS26471 expires 6-30-2021.
Indiana: Permanent License # 01048036A, January 22, 1998, expires October 31, 2021.
California: License #G29380, 1975 - 1977. Renewed in October, 1999, expires January 31, 2021.
Michigan: License #4301040520, 1979 to1-31-17 and 1-23-20 to 1-22-23.
American Medical Association
American Psychiatric Association
Nevada Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL)
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry
Diplomate, National Board of Physicians and Surgeons, in General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry
Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Psychiatry, in Forensic Psychiatry
Books and Chapters Authored
1. Berger, S.H.: Establishing a Forensic Psychiatric Practice, A Practical Guide. New York, WW Norton, 1997. (Out of print as of 2014.)
2. Berger, S.H.: Starting a Forensic Practice, in Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, second edition. Edited by Simon, R.I. and Gold, L.H. Arlington VA: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., 2010, pp 63 - 91.
Undergraduate College: Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1965-1968.
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, M.D. Degree 1968-1972.
Internship: Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, 1972-1973.
Residency: Psychosomatic and Psychiatric Institute, Michael Reese Hospital, 1972-1975.